Friday, July 31, 2009

Red Sox, Tigers and White Sox big winners on trade deadline day!

If you're a Sox fan, you're a happy fan tonight on this Friday MLB Trading Deadline Day.

In Chicago, the White Sox finally landed Jake Peavy in part deux of their trading with the Padres after Peavy finally said yes to the Windy City.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox make out like bandits, getting Victor Martinez from the Indians to help boost their sagging offense. Plus, Boston boosts its defense by acquiring Casey Kotchman from Atlanta for Adam LaRoche, who's stay in the American League lasts less than a month.

Now, Sox manager Terry Francona has the headache bringing task of fitting Mike Lowell/Victor Martinez/Jason Veritek/David Ortiz/Kevin Youkilis into four spots everyday. Good luck keeping the egos straight Tito.

In Detroit, Jarrod Washburn now calls the Tigers home after packing his bags from Seattle.

All this makes for a very interesting AL Playoff Race. Those hurt today - the Yankees, Rays and Rangers, who didn't make any moves of significance to make themselves better.

As for the biggest prize - Jays pitcher Roy Halladay - he gets to finish out the season playing for early October golf in Toronto.

Here's ESPN's baseball tonight crew with a breakdown...

Let the sprint to October begin!

30 Days of Kenny - Day 16

Two weeks for tomorrow, we'll all be in Foxboro whooping it up with 65,000 of our closest country fans! Yes, Kenny Chesney's coming to town and our countdown continues on this very rainy Friday night.

Today's Kenny entry keeps us "Young" and looking forward to the next fun adventure. Or, as my little one sings it, it's the "whoo-whoo" song.

Thanks to CMT for the video!

No stadium shows for Kenny and the gang this weekend. Up nextis Jacksonville on August 7th!

Friday Feel Good - "So You Think You Can Dance!"

It's Friday time again people! Time to feel good. And yes, I'll give you a little more Kenny Chesney a bit later tonight as I try to catch up after a very long night and busy day. My little one had a 102 fever and now has a virus in her throat. The good news is that she's feeling a little better right now than she has all day after a very restless night of little sleep. Let's hope tonight is full of good dreams :)

Now, onto the "Feel Good" and as you know, I'm a huge fan of FOX's hit "So You Think You Can Dance." Last night, we got the final four announced and it's a fitting finale of Kayla, Jeanine, Brandon and Evan.

My bet is on Kayla winning with Brandon on a strong second. But, anyway, back to last night's show as we also got a lot of the favorites from last season coming back to perform their Emmy Award nominated routines. Check it out from FOX.

Katee and Twitch - "Mercy"

mercy 6r @ Yahoo! Video

Chelsie and Mark - "Bleeding Love"

bleeding 6r @ Yahoo! Video

Great stuff. Can't wait until Wednesday and Thursday's finale!

MLB on TBS heads to SF

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Heads to the West Coast

Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants at 4:00 p.m. ET

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on Sunday, August 2nd at 4:00 p.m. ET with National League match-up featuring Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies taking on newly acquired Freddy Sanchez and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Giants recently picked up the three-time MLB All-Star Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies’ probable starting pitcher Cole Hamels is scheduled to take the mound against Barry Zito of the Giants. Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst) will call the action from the broadcast booth.

Sunday MLB on TBS includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. In October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

Sun., August 2
4:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Sun., August 9
1:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET BOS John Smoltz (1-4, 7.04) at BAL Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 5.21)

7:05 p.m. ET DET Edwin Jackson (7-5, 2.59) at CLE Jeremy Sowers (3-7, 5.15)

7:05 p.m. ET WAS John Lannan (7-7, 3.25) at PIT Ross Ohlendorf (8-8, 4.51)

7:10 p.m. ET COL Aaron Cook (10-3, 3.87) at CIN Micah Owings (6-11, 5.35)

7:10 p.m. ET ARZ Doug Davis (5-10, 3.76) at NYM Livan Hernandez (7-5, 4.87)

7:10 p.m. ET CHC Rich Harden (7-6, 4.55) at FLA Chris Volstad (8-9, 4.44)

7:35 p.m. ET LA Jason Schmidt (1-1, 7.88) at ATL Tommy Hanson (5-1, 2.95)

7:38 p.m. ET KC Sidney Ponson (1-6, 6.79) at TB David Price (3-4, 5.60)

8:05 p.m. ET SEA Jason Vargas (3-4, 4.39) at TEX Vicente Padilla (7-5, 4.67)

8:10 p.m. ET ANA Ervin Santana (3-6, 7.29) at MIN Nick Blackburn (8-5, 3.75)

8:11 p.m. ET NYY Sergio Mitre (1-0, 5.91) at CWS Clayton Richard (4-3, 4.65)

8:15 p.m. ET HOU Brian Moehler (7-6, 5.16) at STL Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.22)

10:05 p.m. ET TOR Scott Richmond (6-5, 3.69) at OAK Dallas Braden (7-9, 3.74)

10:05 p.m. ET MLW Braden Looper (9-5, 4.79) at SD Chad Gaudin (4-9, 4.57)

10:15 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (7-4, 4.11) at SF Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Roller coaster day for Big Papi

Talk about your emotional roller coasters for one David "Big Papi" Ortiz. One hour before an afternoon game with the A's comes the bombshell that he, along with Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs back in 2003. Yes, the two are on the infamous 2003 list along with Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and others.

Then, with the Red Sox down 5-3, Ortiz slams a three-run blast to give the Sox the lead for good and an eventual 8-5 victory over Oakland.

After the game, Ortiz provides a statement and a brief press conference to tell us that he'll regroup and tell us exactly what happened over the next few days.

Here's the statement from Ortiz -

"Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this.

I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me - I will not hide and I will not make excuses.

I want to thank my family, the Red Sox, my teammates, and the fans for their patience and support."

Here's the presser, courtesy of -

Also as part of the Red Sox postgame, NESN did an interview with the man who broke the story in the NY Times, Michael Schmidt (no, not the Hall of Fame 3rd baseman)/

One man's opinion of "The List" is former Sox and current A's infielder Nomar Garciaparra - it's a joke!

Here's my take on the whole thing. David Ortiz previously said that ANYONE caught using PED's should be gone for a year.

So, now that he's been found testing positive, shouldn't he offer himself up? We all know that's not going to happen.

So, let's call this what it is. The fans no longer care about this steroid issue from the late 1990 and early 2000's. It's time to just release all 104 names on the list and move on. America is ready and willing to move on.

Do we condone the cheating. Hell, NO! But at what point do you stop talking about the past and move on to live the present and the future. Testing NOW is working. Oddball cases like Manny Ramirez and JC Romero, who tested positive over the past year, prove that it is working. Of course, that doesn't mean that some players haven't moved on to the next "steroid" that can't be tested for with simple urine testing. But that's another story.

As for me. I simply no longer care if they cheat. I now enjoy sports for what it is - an escape and a couple of hours of entertainment. These guys are, and never were, role models. We'll leave that honor for the true role models - the parents, cops, teachers, doctors and fire fighters of the world.

As we leave you on this issue, we let you link up with Curt Schilling and his latest blog on on the matter. Like the rest of us, Curt in the car isn't shocked.

Can any of us ever be shocked by anything anymore? Hey, Jose Canseco is even telling ESPN that a Hall of Famer is on that 2003 list!

Friday should be fun in the baseball world with more of this fallout and the 4pm (ET) trading deadline.

Stay tuned!

30 Days of Kenny - Day 15

We hit the midway point of our 30 days of Kenny Chesney tonight and what better way to lead into the weekend but with a look back.

It's an emotional ride of a Daddy and his little girl. It's "There Goes My Life."

It's one that's close to my heart! And if you don't believe me, take a look...

Two more weeks my friends!

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

12:10 p.m. ET COL Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 4.78) at NYM Jon Niese (1-0, 4.08)

12:35 p.m. ET KC Luke Hochevar (6-3, 4.84) at BAL Brad Bergesen (6-5, 3.56)

12:35 p.m. ET SD Tim Stauffer (0-2, 3.21) at CIN Johnny Cueto (8-7, 3.78)

1:35 p.m. ET OAK Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 7.75) at BOS Jon Lester (9-7, 3.79)

2:05 p.m. ET WAS J.D. Martin (0-1, 7.50) at MLW Yovani Gallardo (9-7, 3.09)

2:20 p.m. ET HOU Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75) at CHC Kevin Hart (2-1, 2.08)

7:10 p.m. ET ATL Javier Vazquez (8-7, 2.98) at FLA Rick VandenHurk (1-0, 2.45)

8:05 p.m. ET SEA Garrett Olson (3-4, 5.37) at TEX Derek Holland (3-6, 6.13)

8:11 p.m. ET NYY Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.67) at CWS Jose Contreras (4-9, 4.80)

8:15 p.m. ET LA Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.57) at STL Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.35)

10:15 p.m. ET PHI Rodrigo Lopez (3-0, 3.09) at SF Jonathan Sanchez (3-9, 4.92)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

5 Things Theo Epstein Might Think...

A handful of thoughts that may be entering Theo Epstein's mind in the next 48 hours heading up to the MLB Trade Deadline at 4pm (ET) on Friday...

* - How can I package Mike Lowell in a deal so I don't have to hear him bitch any more?

* - Is Victor Martinez playing 6 times a week better than the combination of Adam LaRoche/David Ortiz/Mike Lowell?

* - Have we seen the best of Jonathan Papelbon and I NEED to hold onto Daniel Bard?

* - How the &*(& did I go from having 7 quality starters a month ago to having just 2?

* - Does Beckett/Lester/Halladay guarantee me playoff success?


My quick answers to those questions are yes, yes, yes, OMG and yes. Let's make a deal!

30 Days of Kenny - Day 14

OK, I admit it. I f'd up and can't count. I had two day "4's" on our countdown to Kenny Chesney's annual summer festival in Foxboro. So, today is actually day 14!

What shall we share you may ask? Well, how about making it really simple. It's hump day and we all wish to go out! And if you do, you'll be singing this one in the morning if you had too much fun!

It's "Out Last Night" and here's hoping you have a few Coronas for me! I need them!

Thanks, as always, to CMT for the video! Speaking of CMT, here's a good read on one of their blogs about Mr. Chesney. It's from Alison
Bonaquro. Check it out! You'll find out the awesomeness that is Mr. Chesney!

Tony Barnhart gets new football show!

Good news for college football fans as Tony Barnhart is getting his own weekly show on CBS College Sports Television. Here are the details -



“Mr. College Football,” Tony Barnhart joins CBS College Sports Network as host of THE TONY BARNHART SHOW, a new weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show. The hard-hitting program will debate and analyze the hot topics and issues facing college football both on and off-the-field. THE TONY BARNHART SHOW premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM, ET) and will air each Tuesday throughout the college football season.

Throughout the season Barnhart will invite a variety of high-profile guests from the college football community, including coaches, administrators, writers, broadcasters and former players to the program. Barnhart, along with CBS College Sports Network studio analyst Brian Jones and the distinguished guests, will offer in-depth lively, opinionated, topical discussions on the world of college football.

“Tony Barnhart is recognized as one of the premier journalists in college football,” said Mike Aresco, EVP, Programming, CBS Sports. “We are excited to offer him a new platform to share his knowledge and opinions with our viewers. The Tony Barnhart Show will become a must-watch for college football fans.”

“I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am about this opportunity at CBS College Sports Network,” said Barnhart. “When we first started talking about this project our goal was to put together a college football show on Tuesday nights that people will be talking about the rest of the week. With the help of Mike Aresco, Brian Jones and all the other talented people at CBS College Sports, that is what we will do. I can’t wait to get started.”

This season marks Barnhart’s 33rd year covering college football. Last year, he stepped-down from his full-time position at the Atlanta Journal Constitution after 24 years and continues to write the daily college football blog, “Mr. College Football,” on Barnhart has served as a contributor on COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the CBS Sports pre-game, halftime and post-game college football studio show, since 2004 alongside Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman.

Barnhart is a former president of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and a former president of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). For six years he served on the National Football Foundation’s prestigious Honors Court, which selects the incoming members to the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 1999 Georgia Sports Writer of the Year, Barnhart was recently named the winner of the 2009 Bert McGrane Award, which represents the FWAA Hall of Fame. On July 18 he was inducted during ceremonies at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

Tony knows his stuff!

NBC's weekend: US Open with the Seniors

Here's what's on tap for NBC Sports this weekend -


NEW YORK- July 29, 2009
- Greg Norman and Tom Watson take on some of golf's most storied names as NBC Sports continues its coverage of the United States Golf Association Championships with live, high-definition coverage of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

NBC's Saturday coverage is preceded by a one-hour special with highlights from the recent Boys and Girls U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, 2-3 p.m. ET.

Norman and Watson, who captured headlines with a miraculous second place finish at the British Open, are challenged by defending champion Eduardo Romero, recent Senior British Open winner Loren Roberts and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Hale Irwin. Watson has three runner-up finishes at the championship.

Mark Rolfing will host NBC's coverage, joined by Gary Koch, Bob Murphy, Roger Maltbie and Dottie Pepper.

Crooked Stick Golf Club is set up at 7,244/7,316 yards, the longest course in U.S. Senior Open history. Crooked Stick is considered the first noteworthy course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye.

BOYS & GIRLS U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, 2-3 PM ET: Who will be the next Tiger Woods or Nancy Lopez? The answer may come from the recent Boys and Girls U.S. Junior Amateur Championships played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. NBC Sports broadcasts a one-hour special with highlights from the event Saturday, 2-3 p.m. ET.

The Boys Championship was won by 15-year-old Jordan Spieth of Dallas and the Girls event by Amy Anderson of North Dakota. Past winners include Woods, David Duval, NBC's Gary Koch, Lopez and Mickey Wright.

Jimmy Roberts and Dottie Pepper were on hand from Trump National.

AFLAC IRON GIRL TRIATHLON, SUNDAY 2 PM ET: NBC Sports presents taped coverage of the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon from Lake Lanier Islands Resort outside of Atlanta, Ga., Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The race is the fourth event in the Aflac Iron Girl series, which aims to promote health and wellness among women. The series also raises awareness of childhood cancer research and treatment.

The event featured a one-third-mile swim in Lake Sidney Lanier, an 18-mile bike ride through the hills of Buford, Ga., and a three-mile run through the Lake Lanier Islands Resort. More than 1,200 women competed.

Commentary is provided by Andrea Joyce.

CBS gets Tiger this weekend - they hope!

Providing he makes the cut this time, Tiger Woods will be the main attraction this weekend for CBS Sports at the Buick Open. Plus, they get a PGA of America: Road to the PGA Championship Special on Sunday to boot. Here are the details -


“PGA of America Special: Road to the PGA Championship” Featured on Sunday

The BUICK OPEN began 51 years ago in 1958 and has been one of the PGA TOUR’s finest tournaments every year since with great moments and champions from Billy Casper to Tiger Woods. CBS Sports covers all the action at this weekend’s Buick Open, broadcasting the third and final rounds on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live from Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., on the CBS Television Network.

Bill Macatee will anchor CBS Sports’ coverage of the BUICK OPEN from the 18th hole tower this weekend alongside lead golf analyst Sir Nick Faldo. Peter Oosterhuis calls the action at the 17th hole, Gary McCord at the 16th hole and Ian Baker-Finch at the 15th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.

Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. David Winner will produce this weekend’s Buick Open coverage and Bob Matina directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Kenny Perry is unable to defend his title this weekend as he has returned home to take care of his ailing mother. However, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, Tiger Woods, returns to the Buick Open for the first time since he won his second title in 2006. Woods is one of 10 former Buick Open champions in the field this week, joining Jim Furyk, Rocco Mediate, Brain Bateman, Tom Pernice Jr., Justin Leonard, Brad Faxon Billy Mayfair, Woody Austin and Scott Verplank. Austin will be looking for his second title after two consecutive runner-up finishes. This year’s standout Buick Open field also includes Jim Furyk, Nick Watney, David Duval, Rory Sabbatini, Chad Campbell, Paul Goydos, Brian Gay, K.J. Choi, Scott McCarron, Ricky Barnes, Tim Herron, Kevin Na, Mark Calcavecchia, Brandt Snedeker, Carlos Franco, Chris DiMarco, Corey Pavin and John Daly.


CBS Sports’ golf analyst Bill Macatee narrates the PGA OF AMERICA SPECIAL: THE ROAD TO THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, a one-hour special that follows a dream realized for 20 PGA Professionals who gained a berth in the season’s final major, on Sunday, August 2 (2:00-3:00 PM ET), on the CBS Television Network.

The “road” begins with the drama of the PGA Professional National Championship in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., where 312 PGA Professionals competed and the low 20 scorers from the National Championship earned a berth in the 91st PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.. Chris Svendsen is coordinating producer.

CBS Sports’ cameras will capture the action at all 18 holes of Hazeltine National Golf Club with live coverage of the third and final rounds on Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET; both days). In addition, CBS Sports will broadcasts highlights of early-round action with Jim Nantz and David Feherty immediately following THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14 (12:35-1:05 AM, ET/PT; both nights).

MLB Network covers Trade Deadline Day

From MLB Network -


Coverage to include historical features narrated by MLB Network's Bob Costas

July 28, 2009 - MLB Network today announced its coverage plans for the Major League trade deadline on Friday, July 31 with MLB Tonight: Trade Deadline Special. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, MLB Network will go live from Studio 3 in its Secaucus, New Jersey headquarters and remain on-air until MLB Tonight is off the air, totaling approximately 15 hours of live coverage.

MLB Network hosts Greg Amsinger, Victor Rojas and Matt Vasgersian will alternate hosting duties with analysis from MLB Network’s John Hart, Jon Heyman, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Mitch Williams. MLB Scouting Bureau Director Frank Marcos and senior writer Jonathan Mayo will also join to discuss projected club line-ups and starting rotations, free agents in 2009 and 2010, and what Minor Leaguers may soon become household names. MLB Network reporter Hazel Mae, who is traveling with the Toronto Blue Jays tracking updates on pitcher Roy Halladay through Friday, and MLB Network Baseball Insider Ken Rosenthal will check in throughout the day offering updates and predictions.

MLB Network’s Bob Costas will narrate six editions of “MLB Network Remembers,” looking back at significant trades in Major League Baseball history, including Hall of Famer Lou Brock’s trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Other editions highlight David Cone's trade to the New York Yankees, Mark McGwire's trade to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Boston Red Sox trading for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek in 1997.

“The Major League trade deadline generates tremendous interest from baseball fans and we knew it would be important to provide expanded coverage on Friday and throughout this week,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “We’re looking forward to using all of our resources to give fans the latest updates on each club’s trade activity and predict how these trades can affect the second half of the season.”

Friday’s coverage will also include live streaming on from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET, use of MLB Network Ballpark Cameras at U.S. Cellular Field, PETCO Park and Busch Stadium for interviews with club managers and players, and graphics with a trade-specific ticker highlighting information about clubs’ trade deadline history.

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

2:20 p.m. ET HOU Mike Hampton (6-7, 4.74) at CHC Randy Wells (6-4, 3.10)

3:35 p.m. ET CLE Aaron Laffey (4-2, 3.71) at ANA John Lackey (6-4, 4.22)

3:45 p.m. ET PIT Zach Duke (9-9, 3.42) at SF Matt Cain (12-2, 2.27)

4:40 p.m. ET TOR Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.62) at SEA Ryan Rowland-Smith (0-1, 3.48)

7:05 p.m. ET KC Zack Greinke (10-6, 2.04) at BAL Chris Tillman (0-0, 0.00)

7:08 p.m. ET NYY Joba Chamberlain (6-2, 3.86) at TB Matt Garza (7-7, 3.68)

7:10 p.m. ET OAK Brett Anderson (5-8, 4.32) at BOS Brad Penny (7-4, 4.71)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Matt Latos (1-1, 3.72) at CIN Aaron Harang (5-11, 4.25)

7:10 p.m. ET COL Jason Hammel (5-5, 4.28) at NYM Johan Santana (11-8, 3.12)

7:10 p.m. ET ATL Kenshin Kawakami (5-7, 4.04) at FLA Josh Johnson (9-2, 2.80)

8:05 p.m. ET WAS Garrett Mock (0-4, 7.06) at MLW Manny Parra (4-8, 6.42)

8:05 p.m. ET DET Justin Verlander (11-5, 3.12) at TEX Scott Feldman (9-3, 3.59)

8:10 p.m. ET CWS Bartolo Colon (3-6, 4.19) at MIN Francisco Liriano (4-10, 5.56)

8:15 p.m. ET LA Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.96) at STL Joel Pineiro (9-9, 2.95)

9:40 p.m. ET PHI J.A. Happ (7-1, 2.97) at ARZ Yusmeiro Petit (0-5, 7.68)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

30 Days of Kenny - Day 12

As we stride into day 12 on our 30 day countdown to the Country Music Festival in Foxboro with Kenny Chesney, we get to one of my favorite songs. It's about the last night of a summer fling and trying to make the best of things.

It's "Anything but Mine" and a good way to wind down a very sultry, muggy day here in the Northeast.

Thanks to CMT for the link!

A quick update from the tour out West - Sugarland has missed a couple of dates here in the last 10 days with more throat issues from lead singer Jennifer Nettles. We'll keep you posted on her health as we get closer to Foxboro!

Tuesday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET KC Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.76) at BAL Jason T. Berken (1-8, 6.55)

7:08 p.m. ET NYY CC Sabathia (10-6, 3.67) at TB Scott Kazmir (4-6, 6.69)

7:10 p.m. ET OAK Vince Mazzaro (2-7, 4.75) at BOS Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.72)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Kevin Correia (6-8, 4.84) at CIN Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 5.21)

7:10 p.m. ET COL Jason Marquis (12-6, 3.49) at NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-6, 4.99)

7:10 p.m. ET ATL Jair Jurrjens (9-7, 2.67) at FLA Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 5.42)

8:05 p.m. ET WAS Collin Balester (0-1, 6.00) at MLW Mike Burns (2-3, 6.30)

8:05 p.m. ET DET Lucas French (1-1, 2.22) at TEX Vicente Padilla (7-5, 4.67)

8:05 p.m. ET HOU Roy Oswalt (6-4, 3.66) at CHC Ryan Dempster (5-5, 4.09)

8:10 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (11-3, 3.28) at MIN Scott Baker (8-7, 5.04)

8:15 p.m. ET LA Chad Billingsley (10-5, 3.72) at STL Adam Wainwright (11-6, 2.95)

9:40 p.m. ET PHI Cole Hamels (6-5, 4.66) at ARZ Dan Haren (10-5, 2.14)

10:05 p.m. ET CLE David Huff (5-4, 6.39) at ANA Jered Weaver (10-3, 3.57)

10:10 p.m. ET TOR Marc Rzepczynski (1-2, 2.82) at SEA Jarrod Washburn (8-6, 2.71)

10:15 p.m. ET PIT Charlie Morton (2-2, 3.86) at SF Barry Zito (6-10, 4.68)

Monday, July 27, 2009

30 Days of Kenny - Day 10 & 11

Since I missed our Kenny Countdown on Sunday, it's a double dip today of Mr. Chesney.

First up, it's "Who You'd Be Today."

And next up, it's "How Forever Feels."

I know, we're easing into the week here people! We'll crank it up as the week goes on!

Enjoy and thanks to CMT for the links!

Shaq on RAW tonight! Taunting Jericho on Twitter

It should be a raucous RAW tonight in Washington, DC as Shaquille O'Neal is the special guest host on Monday Night RAW for the WWE.

Already, Shaq Daddy is making his presence known. He's already talking smack with Chris Jericho on Twitter. Here's his latest entry -

"bak up jericho, superman is in da house.

Here's the link to his picture backstage on!

9pm, ET on USA Network!

HBO presents "Assault in the Ring"

If you're into boxing, here's a good one coming your way from HBO -


HBO Sports presents ASSAULT IN THE RING, a documentary about the ill-fated junior middleweight bout between Billy Collins Jr. and Luis Resto and its subsequent effect on both boxers. Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 1 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, the special explores the events that profoundly impacted the New York sports landscape and the world of boxing, and changed the lives of two athletes.

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 1 (3:00 a.m.), 3 (11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m.), 6 (12:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 9 (10:00 a.m.), 12 (5:20 a.m.), 14 (6:30 p.m.), 18 (4:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 22 (9:30 a.m.) and 29 (6:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 2 (10:00 p.m.), 7 (5:30 p.m.), 11 (2:10 a.m.), 15 (3:30 p.m.), 27 (6:30 p.m.) and 31 (11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability: Aug. 3-31

“This film will revisit one of boxing’s saddest days,” says Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. “But it’s a compelling story that we feel needs to be told, because so many lives were changed forever on that night at Madison Square Garden. This is an in-depth, comprehensive examination of that tragic event.”

“There were so many unanswered questions surrounding what really happened and who, if anybody, was responsible. What we discovered was much worse than had ever been imagined,” says director and producer Eric Drath. “However, what we ultimately found was a story that went far beyond fact-finding; what unfolded before our cameras is a story of redemption.”

ASSAULT IN THE RING revisits a boxing scandal considered one of the sport’s darkest hours, and traces a man’s despairing journey following his alleged involvement in a criminal plot. The documentary examines new evidence about this boxing match turned 30-minute assault, and reveals much more about the pre-fight activities of Luis Resto, his trainer Panama Lewis and the athletic commission representatives.

On June 16, 1983, undefeated prizefighter Billy Collins Jr. set out to fulfill every boxer’s dream of fighting in the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden. Collins’ opponent, Luis Resto of the Bronx, moving up from welterweight, had his own dream of rising to the occasion in front of hometown fans. But what began as a match that Nashville native Collins was favored to win changed both athletes’ lives – ending Collins’ career dreams and landing Resto in prison.

Resto seemingly reached a fighter’s ultimate goal by upsetting Collins, but his post-fight victory celebration was short-lived when it was discovered that the padding had been illegally removed from Resto’s gloves by his trainer, Panama Lewis, before the fight. Resto was subsequently incarcerated and banned from the sport, while the brutally beaten Collins went into a tragic downward spiral. Resto gives his account of the story in the documentary.

Lewis, whose official career as a trainer came to an end that night, was also subsequently banned, and speaks for the first time in ASSAULT IN THE RING about the events of the fight and their impact. Others interviewed include: former New York State Athletic Commission chairmen Jack Prenderville, Randy Gordon and Ron Scott Stevens; members of the prosecution, defense and jury from the 1985 trial in New York, including former New York prosecutors John Bicks and Thomas Moore; attorneys Robert Beecher and Mickey Joseph; referee Tony Perez; New York State forensic scientist Charles Pampa; former New York City police detective James Rodriguez; Luis Resto’s sisters, Marta Resto and Susan Lopez; Luis Resto’s sons, Brian and Luis Jr.; and Billy Collins Jr.’s former wife, Andrea.

MLB Network's latest schedule

An updated schedule from the MLB Network -


Games to air on “Thursday Night Baseball” and “Saturday Night Baseball” as

American League and National League Postseason Races Heat Up

Secaucus, N.J., July 27, 2009
– MLB Network today announced its schedule of live Thursday and Saturday night games from July 30 through August 8, 2009, featuring seven MLB clubs in four live regular season games.

This week’s Thursday night game will air on July 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with the New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox and MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Jim Kaat calling the game. The following week will showcase an A.L. East showdown with the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees on August 6. As N.L. Division Series and Wild Card races intensify, MLB Network will also feature postseason hopefuls Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, starting with the Astros at Cardinals on Saturday, August 1.

Saturday Night Baseball will be simulcasts of local broadcasts, including local announcers. On Saturdays, MLB Tonight will provide in-game updates on developments throughout MLB as well as news, analysis and highlights following the game telecast.

MLB Network's complete live game broadcast schedule from July 30 through August 8 appears below.


July 30 – 8:00 p.m. Yankees @ White Sox - Bob Costas & Jim Kaat

August 1 – 7:00 p.m. Astros @ Cardinals

August 6 – 7:00 p.m. Red Sox @ Yankees – Bob Costas & Jim Kaat

August 8 – 8:00 p.m. Cubs @ Rockies

Games will be blacked out in each team's home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming. MLB Network will continue to announce future Thursday Night Baseball and Saturday night games coinciding with its selection windows.

Monday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET KC Bruce Chen (0-5, 6.58) at BAL Jason T. Berken (1-8, 6.55)

7:05 p.m. ET LA Randy Wolf (5-4, 3.45) at STL Chris Carpenter (8-3, 2.26)

7:08 p.m. ET NYY A.J. Burnett (9-4, 3.74) at TB James Shields (6-6, 3.70)

7:10 p.m. ET OAK Trevor Cahill (6-8, 4.50) at BOS Josh Beckett (11-4, 3.42)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Josh Geer (1-6, 5.84) at CIN Homer Bailey (1-2, 7.63)

7:10 p.m. ET COL Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9, 3.85) at NYM Oliver Perez (2-3, 7.68)

8:05 p.m. ET WAS Craig Stammen (3-5, 4.14) at MLW Jeff Suppan (5-7, 4.71)

8:05 p.m. ET DET Armando Galarraga (5-8, 4.82) at TEX Tommy Hunter (2-1, 2.17)

8:05 p.m. ET HOU Wandy Rodriguez (10-6, 2.72) at CHC Carlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.48)

8:10 p.m. ET CWS John Danks (8-6, 3.98) at MIN Glen Perkins (5-6, 5.55)

9:40 p.m. ET PHI Jamie Moyer (9-7, 5.65) at ARZ Jon Garland (5-9, 4.41)

10:05 p.m. ET CLE Carl Pavano (8-8, 5.48) at ANA Joe Saunders (8-6, 4.94)

10:10 p.m. ET TOR Ricky Romero (8-4, 3.44) at SEA Felix Hernandez (11-3, 2.45)

10:15 p.m. ET PIT Paul Maholm (6-4, 4.63) at SF Tim Lincecum (10-3, 2.45)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Entourage - Lloyd's Diary #2

To get you ready for tonight's Turtle driven episdoe of "Entourage" on HBO, we give you the second installment of this season's Lloyd's Diary. Find out the latest in Lloyd's life as well as just how Ari Gold will torment his protege during the next 100 days!

Entourage tonight at 10:30pm, ET on HBO.

Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions: Rice & Henderson

If you missed any of the speeches today at Cooperstown, NY for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction of Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson, here they are for you.


Jim Rice

Rickey Henderson

Entire speeches:

Rickey Henderson

Jim Rice

Thanks to and MLB Network for the links!

Rice and Henderson head to the Hall today

Welcome to the Baseball Hall of Fame Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson! Today is your day in Cooperstown, NY as you get inducted into baseball immortality.

In honor of the two, we give you their Top 10 List back on "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the vote was announced six months ago.

Also, here's a taste of the MLB Network special on Mr. Henderson, "Leadoff Legend."

And, how do HOF'ers remember Rice and Henderson? ESPN takes a look.

Congrats to them both!

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET OAK Dallas Braden (7-8, 3.40) at NYY Sergio Mitre (1-0, 4.76)

1:07 p.m. ET TB Jeff Niemann (9-4, 3.61) at TOR Brett Cecil (3-1, 4.67)

1:35 p.m. ET BAL David Hernandez (2-2, 3.55) at BOS John Smoltz (1-3, 6.31)

1:35 p.m. ET SD Chad Gaudin (4-9, 4.82) at WAS John Lannan (7-7, 3.38)

1:35 p.m. ET STL Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68) at PHI Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24)

2:05 p.m. ET ATL Derek Lowe (9-7, 4.26) at MLW Braden Looper (9-4, 4.64)

2:05 p.m. ET NYM Livan Hernandez (6-5, 4.93) at HOU Brian Moehler (7-5, 4.92)

2:10 p.m. ET TEX Kevin Millwood (9-7, 3.44) at KC Sidney Ponson (1-6, 7.63)

2:20 p.m. ET CIN Micah Owings (6-10, 5.33) at CHC Rich Harden (6-6, 4.76)

3:10 p.m. ET SF Ryan Sadowski (2-2, 4.15) at COL Aaron Cook (9-3, 3.94)

3:35 p.m. ET MIN Anthony Swarzak (2-3, 4.15) at ANA Ervin Santana (3-5, 6.79)

4:10 p.m. ET CLE Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.17) at SEA Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.82)

4:10 p.m. ET FLA Chris Volstad (7-9, 4.34) at LA Jason Schmidt (1-0, 5.40)

4:10 p.m. ET PIT Virgil Vasquez (1-4, 5.54) at ARZ Max Scherzer (5-6, 3.86)

8:05 p.m. ET CWS Clayton Richard (3-3, 5.00) at DET Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.40)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

"The Girl Next Door" Music

Time to pay homage to one of my favorite movies and one of the coolest soundtracks EVER! I'm talking about "The Girl Next Door" with the sexy Elisha Cuthbert.

It's a quirky movie that's enhanced by a soundtrack that truly gives you the emotion of what's going. Plus, you've got Queen & David Bowie, David Gray, The Verve, Patti Labelle and many, many others in its rank. Check out the entire list below, from Wikipedia.

"Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie
"Angeles" by Elliott Smith
"The Killing Moon" by Echo & the Bunnymen
"Jump into the Fire" by Harry Nilsson
"Something in the Air" by Thunderclap Newman
"The Field" by Christopher Tyng
"Take a Picture" by Filter
"Slayed" by Overseer
"No Retreat" by Dilated Peoples
"This Year's Love" by David Gray
"If It Feels Good Do It" by Sloan
"Electric Lady Land" by Fantastic Plastic Machine
"Bendy karate" by Phreak E.D.
"Dick Dagger's Theme" by PornoSonic
"Suffering" by Satchel
"Break Down the Walls" by Youth of Today
"Dopes to Infinity" by Monster Magnet
"Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Edit)" by Sneaker Pimps
"Big Muff" by Pepe Deluxé
"Song for a Blue Guitar" by Red House Painters
"Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited
"Get Naked" by Methods of Mayhem
"MONDO '77" by Looper
"Think Twice" by Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
"This Beat is Hot" by B.G. The Prince of Rap
"Turn of the Century" by Pete Yorn
"Stay in School" by Richard Patrick
"Funk #49" by James Gang
"Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle
"Christmas Song" by Mogwai
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Arrival" by Mark Kozelek
"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye
"Counterfeit" by Limp Bizkit (not credited)
"Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters
"Purple Haze" by Groove Armada
"Lapdance" by N.E.R.D.
"Everytime I Think of You (I Get High)" by Phreak E.D.
"Lucky Man" by The Verve
"Sparrows Over Birmingham" by Josh Rouse
"Atlantis" by Donovan
"Baba O'Riley" by The Who
"Maybe You're Gone" by Binocular
"One Fine Day" by Alastair Binks

Now, let's listen and watch some of the genius in action!

David Gray's This Year's Loving

The Verve - Lucky Man (just recently used on "Entourage")

I never get tired of watching or listening to this one!


WWE Night of Champions PPV Predictions

It's been a full month since we've had a PPV to preview, but Night of Champions is upon on this Sunday night from the WWE. It's in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, which means it should be a hot crowd!

Every match is a title match which means we have two women's matches and a tag championship to decide in addition to all the biggies. So, let's get right to it!

*- WWE Women's Title Match: Michelle McCool vs. Melina
I won't spend much time with this one. Michelle just got the title and no reason to drop it this soon.
Winner: Michelle McCool

* - Divas Title Match: Maryse vs. Mickie James
This one has had a nice little build up. I love the pairing of Maryse and the Miz and believe me, they will get their revenge for what happens tonight. They won't like the fact that Mickie James is the new Divas Champ, but down the road it sets up some fun moments for them to get back at Ms. James. It just won't be tonight.
Winner: New Divas Champ Mickie James

* - US Title Six Pack Challenge Match: Kofi Kingston vs. The Big Show vs. MVP vs. The Miz vs. Carlito vs. Jack Swagger
Realistically, this comes down to three people for me: the Big Show, Miz and Swagger. If you want to continue to give Show heat, then let him squash people. The WWE lately isn't into that, so we move on. The Miz has seen his push sent backwards and now is teaming up with Maryse, so we move on again. Time to make Swagger a two-championship man and let him battle it out with MVP a Summerslam in a one-on-one match.
Winner: New US Champ Jack Swagger

* - WWE IC Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
All signs point to a Ziggler win. You know what that means. No title change!
Winner: Rey Mysterio

* - ECW Title Match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian
Tommy Dreamer has lived out his need to be ECW Champ but the WWE will give him one last bone as they give him a win in his old ECW stomping grounds of Philadelphia. Christian has bigger fish to fry later on tonight. I expect the next challenger for Dreamer - Vladimir Kozlov to make an appearance here too!
Winner: Tommy Dreamer

* - Unified Tag Team Title Match: Chris Jericho and A New Partner vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes
Did I just say that Christian has bigger fish to fry tonight? Well, here it is. It's Christian proving his tag team genius by teaming up with Jericho to set back the Legacy duo of Rhodes & DiBiase. This will give Christian more of spotlight on all three shows too and eventually lead him into a feud with Edge way down the road.
Winner: Jericho & Christian

* - World Title Match: CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
As much as I would love to see a Hardy title win here, I just don't think that it makes sense to halt the heel push they've been giving CM Punk lately. I'll admit, not a fan, but he's done a great job playing the part of the straight guy against Hardy. I would love to see a Hardy win lead to a Summerslam Hell in the Cell rematch though.
Winner: New World Champion Jeff Hardy

* - WWE Title Match: Randy Orton vs. HHH vs. John Cena
We will get Orton vs. Triple H one more time at Summerslam. Only, it won't be for a title. Can you say the Champ is Here!!!!!!!! Well, he is! He just got married and here's your belated wedding present from Mr. McMahon.
Winner: New WWE Champion John Cena

So, that leaves us with four title changes for the night! It could be a great PPV. Time will tell, now won't it. And remember, it all leads to Shaq as guest host on Monday night for RAW!

Good times ahead my friends!

Fun for everyone!

Since it was such a fun day, I give you a posting from my daughter, Abbie's website - Abbie's Party Place! Check it out, there's lots of fun pictures and stuff there (and of course, yes, I'm 100% biased!)

After a very rainy night on Friday night, the weather cleared up very nicely so that we could have a party to celebrate Auntie Joy visiting us from Florida. We got to eat some tasty pizza chips, cupcakes and lots of other treats.

Plus, of course, alot of our friends were over to play! Don't believe me, well just check out these fun pictures!

Playing a fun game of "Tickets!"




Kaitlyn with her water and washers!

"The gang"

Luke and Gavin in da house!

Thanks for the ride, Gavin!

Am I supposed to go down this way?

Gabby and Kaitlyn taking a ride in the wagon

Boy am I pooped!

A fun day had by all! Can't wait to do it all again!

Hugs and kisses,
Abbie :)

Isn't she just the cutest!

30 Days of Kenny - Day 9

Only three weeks left until the wonderful day that is Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry and Lady Antebellum in Foxboro! I, for one, can't wait! It's a calendar circling day and one of the best of the year! It's a day full of great memories.

So, with that in mind, we give you "Live those Songs" on day 9 on our 30 days of Kenny. Time to make more of those lasting memories!

Thanks again to CMT for the link!

Why can't we get players like this?!

Call it karma. Call it just plain ol' luck. But call it what you will, Julio Lugo has a banner night in his debut for the Cardinals. The just traded former Red Sox shortstop homers and triples in his St. Louis debut in a rout of the Phils.

Unfortunately for Lugo, it gets overshadowed by another great night by another new Card: Matt Holiday. Take a look from ESPN and Fox Sports Midwest.

Somewhere Bob Lobel is smiling sarchastically!

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET OAK Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 9.33) at NYY Andy Pettitte (8-5, 4.62)

1:05 p.m. ET CIN Johnny Cueto (8-6, 3.67) at CHC Ted Lilly (9-7, 3.59)

1:07 p.m. ET TB David Price (3-4, 4.86) at TOR Brian Tallet (5-6, 4.95)

4:10 p.m. ET MIN Nick Blackburn (8-4, 3.44) at ANA Matt Palmer (7-1, 4.75)

4:10 p.m. ET CWS Gavin Floyd (8-6, 4.40) at DET Edwin Jackson (7-5, 2.52)

4:10 p.m. ET CLE Jeremy Sowers (2-7, 5.77) at SEA Erik Bedard (5-2, 2.70)

4:10 p.m. ET STL Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21) at PHI Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60)

7:05 p.m. ET ATL Tommy Hanson (5-0, 3.00) at MLW Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.28)

7:05 p.m. ET NYM Jonathon Niese (0-0, 5.91) at HOU Russ Ortiz (3-4, 4.33)

7:05 p.m. ET SD Tim Stauffer (0-1, 2.08) at WAS J.D. Martin (0-1, 11.25)

7:10 p.m. ET BAL Jeremy Guthrie (7-8, 5.12) at BOS Jon Lester (8-7, 3.87)

7:10 p.m. ET TEX Derek Holland (3-5, 6.02) at KC Luke Hochevar (5-3, 5.09)

8:10 p.m. ET SF Jonathan Sanchez (3-8, 4.68) at COL Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 4.95)

8:10 p.m. ET PIT Ross Ohlendorf (8-7, 4.59) at ARZ Doug Davis (4-10, 3.95)

10:10 p.m. ET FLA Rick VandenHurk (1-0, 3.00) at LA Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.73)

Friday, July 24, 2009

30 Days of Kenny - Day 8

As we close out the work week on this Friday night, let's pay a little homage to those of you out there that get to it every day, working for a living and getting the job done.

It's a little duet from Mr's Chesney and Strait. That's Kenny and George to you and me.

Yes, it's day 8 on our countdown to the Country Music Festival in Foxboro three weeks from tomorrow!!! So, without further adieu, it's "Shiftwork," courtesy of CMT.


NFL Training Camp Dates

With the NFL set to head back to camp this weekend, here's a full rundown of when everyone's getting back to work around the league. The first date is when rookies report and then veterans.

Baltimore Ravens McDaniel College, Westminster, Md. July 27 July 29

Buffalo Bills St. John Fisher College July 25 July 25

Cincinnati Bengals Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky. July 30 July 30

Cleveland Browns Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio July 24 July 31

Denver Broncos Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Centre, Englewood, Colo. July 30 July 30

Houston Texans Methodist Training Center, Houston July 26 July 31

Indianapolis Colts Rose-Hulman Institute, Terre Haute, Ind. Aug. 2 Aug. 2

Jacksonville Jaguars Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. Aug. 2 Aug. 2

Kansas City Chiefs Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, Wis. July 31 July 31

Miami Dolphins Dolphins Training Center, Davie, Fla. Aug. 1 Aug. 1

New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. July 26 July 29

New York Jets Cortland State, Cortland, N.Y. July 27 July 30

Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Marriott, Napa July 29 July 29

Pittsburgh Steelers Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa. July 31 July 31

San Diego Chargers Chargers Park, San Diego July 27 July 31

Tennessee Titans Baptist Sports Park, Nashville, Tenn. July 31 July 30

Arizona Cardinals Northern Arizona U., Flagstaff, Ariz. July 29 July 29

Atlanta Falcons Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga. July 31 July 31

Carolina Panthers Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. Aug. 2 Aug. 2

Chicago Bears Olivet Nazarene, Bourbonnais, Ill. July 31 July 31

Dallas Cowboys Alamodome, San Antonio July 29 July 29

Detroit Lions Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mich. July 31 July 31

Green Bay Packers St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis. July 31 July 31

Minnesota Vikings Minnesota State-Mankato July 30 July 30

New Orleans Saints Saints Training Facility, Metairie, La. July 30 July 30

New York Giants U. of Albany, N.Y. Aug. 3 Aug. 3

Philadelphia Eagles Lehigh U., Bethlehem, Pa. July 26 July 29

St. Louis Rams Russell Training Center, Earth City, Mo. July 30 July 31

San Francisco 49ers Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center, Santa Clara July 28 July 30

Seattle Seahawks Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Wash. July 30 July 31

Tampa Bay Buccaneers One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Fla. July 31 July 31

Washington Redskins Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va. July 29 July 29

TBS showcases newest Card Matt Holliday this Sunday

From TBS Sports -

Matt Holliday and the Cardinals Slug it out with the Phillies on “Sunday MLB on TBS”

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on Sunday, July 26th at 1:30 p.m. ET with National League match-up featuring newly acquired Matt Holliday and the St. Louis Cardinals taking on Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies. St. Louis recently picked-up Holliday in a four-player trade with the Oakland A’s. The Cardinals’ probable starting pitcher Todd Wellemeyer is scheduled to take the mound against Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Chip Caray (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and David Wells (analyst) will call the action from the broadcast booth.

Sunday MLB on TBS includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. In October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

Sun., July 26
1:30 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

Sun., August 2
4:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Sun., August 9
1:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Mark Buehrle takes perfect self to Letterman

Fresh off his perfect game on Thursday, White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle will tackle the Top Ten List on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night.


NEW YORK, July 24
— Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle, who pitched a perfect game on Thursday, will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, July 27 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Buehrle faced 27 batters and threw 76 strikes out of 116 pitches in the White Sox 5-0 victory Thursday over the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming only the 18th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch a perfect game and also throwing the second no-hitter of his career. Also on hand to help present the Top Ten List with Buehrle will be teammates Josh Fields, who hit a grand slam in Thursday's game, and center fielder DeWayne Wise, who robbed the Rays' Gabe Kapler of a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to get the assist in Buehrle's perfect game.

Also featured on the LATE SHOW Monday will be interviews with actor Eric Bana, musician Dave Matthews and musical guests Dave Matthews Band, who will perform the first of two nights on the broadcast (they'll also visit the show on Friday, July 31). The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope, Jude Brennan and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

2:20 p.m. ET CIN Aaron Harang (5-10, 4.17) at CHC Randy Wells (5-4, 3.00)

7:05 p.m. ET CWS Bartolo Colon (3-6, 4.23) at DET Eddie Bonine (0-0, 9.00)

7:05 p.m. ET OAK Brett Anderson (5-7, 4.25) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (5-2, 4.05)

7:05 p.m. ET SD Matt Latos (0-1, 4.50) at WAS Garrett Mock (0-3, 7.71)

7:05 p.m. ET STL Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09) at PHI J.A. Happ (7-0, 2.68)

7:07 p.m. ET TB Matt Garza (6-7, 3.80) at TOR Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.73)

7:10 p.m. ET BAL Brad Bergesen (6-4, 3.51) at BOS Brad Penny (6-4, 5.02)

8:05 p.m. ET ATL Javier Vazquez (7-7, 2.86) at MLW Manny Parra (4-8, 6.37)

8:05 p.m. ET NYM Johan Santana (11-7, 2.92) at HOU Mike Hampton (5-7, 4.63)

8:10 p.m. ET TEX Scott Feldman (8-3, 3.87) at KC Zack Greinke (10-5, 2.08)

9:10 p.m. ET SF Matt Cain (11-2, 2.32) at COL Jason Hammel (5-4, 4.26)

9:40 p.m. ET PIT Zach Duke (8-9, 3.38) at ARZ Yusmeiro Petit (0-4, 7.15)

10:05 p.m. ET MIN Francisco Liriano (4-9, 5.33) at ANA John Lackey (5-4, 4.39)

10:10 p.m. ET CLE Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.27) at SEA Ryan Rowland-Smith (0-0, 0.00)

10:10 p.m. ET FLA Josh Johnson (8-2, 2.74) at LA Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.95)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Classic wedding entrance!

My lovely wife, Laura found this one! Talk about your classic way to start a wedding!

The "wedding party" goes to great lengths to make sure you remember this one. It's very entertaining and very well planned!

And I thought our wedding was raucous. Oh wait, it was! Check it out!

Good times!

Ari Gold to host Monday Night RAW!

Mark it down on your calendar - Monday night, August 3rd. Ari Gold becomes Mr. Monday Night on WWE RAW! The news comes from our good buddy Kevin Eck, who does a great wrestling blog for the Baltimore Sun.

That's right, actor Jeremy Piven will be the special guest host on RAW, following in the footsteps of Donald Trump, Seth Green, ZZ Top and Shaquille O'Neal (this week's host). It should make for great TV as I am a huge fan of Jeremy Piven!

I'm just hoping he lays someone out with one of those special Ari Gold tirades from Entourage!

So, in true Ari Gold fashion, we give you a little of his "Gold-ness" to keep you tied over until then!

BTW: I so agree with Kevin that Stacy Keibler has to be a host soon!

NFL Draft hits Prime-Time!

It's finally happening. The NFL will hold its annual draft in prime time in 2010. Well, at least the first couple of rounds. Gone is the Saturday/Sunday all-day event. Now, we'll have the first round on Thursday, rounds two and three on Friday and the rest on Saturday. I'd rather see a Friday/Saturday/Sunday event, but hey, that's just me. Believe me, people would watch the draft if it were held at 2am on a Tuesday!

Here's the full release from the league -


First Round Starts at 7:30 PM ET on Thursday, April 22

Draft to Expand to Three Days for First Time

The NFL Draft will kick off in prime time for the first time in 2010, it was announced today. The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 23at 6:30 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 AM ET.

The draft will continue to be televised by ESPN and NFL Network. The 2010 NFL Draft – the 75thdraft in NFL history – will again be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

“We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans,” said Commissioner ROGERGOODELL. “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television.”

The 2009 NFL Draft (Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26) drew a record 39 million viewers on NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN2. Total NFL Draft viewership increased 66 percent from 2001 to 2009 (from 23.5 million to 39million).

The first round of last year’s draft on ESPN and NFL Network drew a combined average of 6.3 million viewers, topping all basketball, hockey and baseball games that weekend.

The NFL Draft was a Saturday-Sunday event from 1995-2009. It took place on Sunday-Monday from 1988-94 and prior to 1988 was held on one or two weekdays.

Following is a date and time breakdown of the 2010 NFL Draft:

2010 NFL Draft
Round 1
Thursday, April 22
7:30-11:00 PM ET

Rounds 2-3
Friday, April 23
6:30-11:00 PM ET

Rounds 4-7
Saturday, April 24
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET

* end times approximate

30 Days of Kenny - Days 6 & 7

Since I did not give you the proper day 6 of Kenny Chesney on Wednesday, I'll give you a double dose of Mr. Tennessee tonight on our countdown of our 30 days of Kenny.

We're going to rock it out tonight with a pair of fun loving songs. First, it's "The Good Stuff."

And next, it's a little sexy action with "She's Thinks My Tractor's Sexy!"

Man, I can not wait until August 15th for the concert in Foxboro. And not to mention the 30 Coronas awaiting me too!

ESPN: Vick to sit out 4 games

News from the WWL (ESPN) gives us the word that Michael Vick has already met with NFL Commish Roger Goodell. It looks like the Commish will let Michael back in the league, but will suspend the QB for four games, adding that to his two year prison sentence for his dog fighting conviction.

Here's my simple take - losing almost $100 million dollars, two years of his life in prison and the loss of stature to his personal life was enough. Adding four more games by the NFL is simply a power trip by the Commish.

Let him be reinstated immediately and let the clubs decide on their own to get him from the start of training camp and let the season run its proper course. It always does.

Simply perfect!

Lots to catch up to tonight! First, I apologize for no posts last night. My little one wanted my full attention with bedtime, so I went straight from her bedtime to mine.

Anyway, today's biggest story (and you already know if you were on - sorry, had to give my day gig the plug!) is the perfection in Chicago by Mark Buehrle. But, that's only half the story as we get possibly the best catch of all-time from Mr. Wise in centerfield! Check out the highlights from ESPN and Comcast SportsNet -

Got to love Mr. Buehrle and I do since he's on my fantasy team! Great outing and of course, the genius of Ozzie Guillen to put DeWayne Wise in the game to start the ninth, just in time to rob Gabe Kapler and preserve the perfect game!

Great stuff!

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

12:37 p.m. ET CLE David Huff (4-4, 6.60) at TOR Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 2.50)

1:05 p.m. ET SEA Jarrod Washburn (7-6, 2.87) at DET Lucas French (1-0, 1.89)

1:10 p.m. ET SF Barry Zito (5-10, 4.89) at ATL Kenshin Kawakami (5-7, 4.15)

2:05 p.m. ET TB Scott Kazmir (4-5, 6.62) at CWS Mark Buehrle (10-3, 3.52)

7:05 p.m. ET OAK Vince Mazzaro (2-6, 4.09) at NYY CC Sabathia (9-6, 3.66)

7:05 p.m. ET STL Adam Wainwright (10-6, 3.01) at WAS Collin Balester (0-0, 0.00)

7:05 p.m. ET SD Kevin Correia (6-7, 4.34) at PHI Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.72)

9:40 p.m. ET PIT Charlie Morton (2-2, 3.21) at ARZ Dan Haren (10-5, 1.96)

10:05 p.m. ET MIN Scott Baker (8-7, 5.10) at ANA Jered Weaver (10-3, 3.48)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

Buchholz in for Wakefield for the Red Sox as they take on the Rangers on ESPN tonight!

12:35 p.m. ET MLW Jeff Suppan (5-7, 4.43) at PIT Paul Maholm (6-4, 4.28)

1:05 p.m. ET BAL Jason T. Berken (1-7, 6.44) at NYY A.J. Burnett (8-4, 3.81)

1:05 p.m. ET CHC Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36) at PHI Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58)

3:10 p.m. ET ARZ Jon Garland (5-9, 4.45) at COL Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9, 3.82)

3:35 p.m. ET MIN Glen Perkins (5-5, 4.75) at OAK Trevor Cahill (5-8, 4.72)

3:35 p.m. ET FLA Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.77) at SD Josh Geer (1-5, 6.02)

7:05 p.m. ET SEA Felix Hernandez (10-3, 2.51) at DET Armando Galarraga (5-8, 5.09)

7:05 p.m. ET NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-5, 5.07) at WAS Craig Stammen (2-5, 4.46)

7:07 p.m. ET CLE Carl Pavano (8-7, 5.13) at TOR Ricky Romero (7-4, 3.25)

7:10 p.m. ET SF Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.27) at ATL Jair Jurrjens (8-7, 2.77)

8:05 p.m. ET BOS Clay Buchholz (1-0, 1.59) at TEX Vicente Padilla (7-5, 4.67)

8:05 p.m. ET STL Chris Carpenter (8-3, 2.26) at HOU Roy Oswalt (6-4, 3.65)

8:10 p.m. ET ANA Joe Saunders (8-6, 4.72) at KC Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.66)

8:11 p.m. ET TB James Shields (6-6, 3.75) at CWS John Danks (8-6, 3.98)

10:10 p.m. ET CIN Bronson Arroyo (10-8, 5.07) at LA Chad Billingsley (9-5, 3.76)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kenny Mayne on World Cup Soccer

No "Mayne Street" so far today but we still have Kenny Mayne taking on World Cup Soccer this week from for you.


30 Days of Kenny - Day 5

We slow it down for this rainy day in Rhode Island. Yes, it's the fifth day on our 30 days of Kenny Chesney.

Just a good time to sit back and relax in our "Old Blue Chair." And if you're lucky, you can have a Corona or two to enjoy along the way too!

Thanks to CMT for the link!

PGA on CBS this weekend

From CBS Sports -


Chez Reavie returns to Canada to defend his 2008 title at the RBC CANADIAN OPEN at Glen Abbey Golf Club just outside Toronto in Oakville, Ontario. CBS Sports covers all the action at Canada’s national open, broadcasting the third and final rounds on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

Bill Macatee anchors CBS Sports’ coverage of the Canadian Open from the 18th hole tower this weekend alongside Ian Baker-Finch. Peter Oosterhuis, who won the 1981 Canadian Open, calls the action at the 17th hole, and Peter Kostis calls the action at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Bobby Clampett serve as on-course reporters.

Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Steve Milton directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Reavie, a PGA TOUR rookie last year, played like a seasoned veteran in winning the RBC Canadian Open by three shots over Billy Mayfair for his first TOUR title. Reavie was a wire-to-wire victor at the rain-softened Glen Abbey, hitting 44 of 56 fairways and 54 of 72 greens in regulation, in finishing at 17-under par 267.

Reavie takes on a field that features Canada’s only major championship winner Mike Weir (2003 Masters®), Camilo Villegas, Sean O’Hair, Anthony Kim, Retief Goosen, Luke Donald, Trevor Immelman, Stephen Ames, Mathew Goggin, Stuart Appelby, J.B. Holmes, John Daly, Fred Couples, Chris DiMarco, Mayfair, Brandt Snedeker, as well as four other former Canadian Open champions Mark Calcavecchia (2005), Bob Tway (2003), Scott Verplank (2001) and Billy Andrade (1998).

Shaq to host RAW next week!

Now this one should be awesome!

Fresh off Seth Green and ZZ Top hosting WWE Monday Night RAW the past two weeks, the newest member of the Cleveland Cavs, Shaquille O'Neal will host RAW next Monday.

It should be a great show as it comes one night after the Night of Champions PPV. So, what better way to celebrate then with an NBA Champ, right?

Shaq's a huge wrestling fan to boot so it should be a very interesting night!
From CBS Sports and the NY Yankees, we get the much awaited official word that Army will play games at the new Yankee Stadium. The 2012 game should be against Notre Dame.


On Wednesday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m., the New York Yankees will hold a press conference at Yankee Stadium in the press conference room to announce Army playing additional college football games at Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET SEA Garrett Olson (3-3, 4.53) at DET Armando Galarraga (5-8, 5.09)

7:05 p.m. ET BAL Rich Hill (3-2, 7.22) at NYY Sergio Mitre (0-0, 0.00)

7:05 p.m. ET NYM Oliver Perez (2-2, 7.99) at WAS John Lannan (6-7, 3.64)

7:05 p.m. ET CHC Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06) at PHI Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44)

7:05 p.m. ET MLW Braden Looper (8-4, 4.95) at PIT Virgil Vasquez (1-3, 6.52)

7:07 p.m. ET CLE Cliff Lee (5-9, 3.31) at TOR Brett Cecil (3-1, 5.40)

7:10 p.m. ET SF Ryan Sadowski (2-1, 1.00) at ATL Derek Lowe (8-7, 4.40)

8:05 p.m. ET BOS Josh Beckett (11-3, 3.35) at TEX Tommy Hunter (1-1, 2.35)

8:05 p.m. ET STL Todd Wellemeyer (7-7, 5.56) at HOU Wandy Rodriguez (9-6, 2.81)

8:10 p.m. ET ANA Ervin Santana (2-5, 6.70) at KC Bruce Chen (0-4, 6.86)

8:11 p.m. ET TB Jeff Niemann (8-4, 3.73) at CWS Clayton Richard (3-3, 5.42)

8:40 p.m. ET ARZ Max Scherzer (5-6, 3.64) at COL Aaron Cook (9-3, 3.85)

10:05 p.m. ET MIN Anthony Swarzak (2-3, 4.50) at OAK Dallas Braden (7-8, 3.45)

10:05 p.m. ET FLA Chris Volstad (6-9, 4.53) at SD Chad Gaudin (4-8, 4.84)

10:10 p.m. ET CIN Homer Bailey (1-1, 6.43) at LA Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.51)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Stock Report

It's been awhile since I've done a stock report here on "The Crowe's Nest," but I'm feeling in the mood tonight to take the pulse of America. So, let's get to it!


* - Michael Vick. Yes, anytime you are free from custody, your stock has to go up right?!

* - Roy Halladay. Rumors are strong a deal to the Phillies could get done this week. That guy with one less hitter to face in the lineup! Can you spell playoffs Philly!

* - Jonathan Papelbon. Actually, it's more like what's up as he reportedly has been vomiting all day and may not be available for the Red Sox tonight in Texas. Feel better Paps!


* - Viewers on NESN watching the Red Sox and Rangers who had to sit through that ridiculous TD BankNorth ad with Regis and Kelly. OK, we get it. The North is gone. UGH!!! And they even cut the ad off getting back to the 2nd inning!

* - Monday Night RAW on WWE. Why are the guys from ZZ Top being the special guest hosts? Please, Seth Green last week was enough. Let's bring back Dusty Rhodes. Or Eric Bishoff. Or Stacy Keibler. Or anyone but ZZ Top. I'm begging ya!

* - President Obama. The stats are out and the 2008 election actually had LESS voter share than 2004. OUCH! And how about this one. A Rasmussen Poll for the 2012 Election actually has Sarah Palin with six points of the Prez. Oh my! Talk about your manic Mondays!

More later!

Shout out to the day gig!

A quick shout out to my day gig! If you get a chance, check out the all-new It's our new website for CW 28 in Providence.

We've got a great tv station and now we'll have a great community website for you to enjoy and use to share your news, events and business with around RI.

Plus, did I mention that we have FREE tickets to Lake Compounce to win this week as well as a chance to win a Gossip Girl shopping spree, complete with a trip to NY City.

So, check it all out at today!

30 Days of Kenny - Day 4

Got the Monday blues? Well, of course we all do! That's why every Monday, we try to live the day in fast forward as we try to get to the weekend once again!

So, on this fourth day of the 30 days of Kenny, Mr. Chesney helps us do just that with a little "Living in Fast Forward."

Before we get to the video, courtesy of CMT, I must share a story. On most days, my wife Laura and daughter Abbie usually engage in what we call, "cam" and a Kenny concert. We have a video cam set up to the tv so that Abbie can dance along to a few of her on-screen friends like puppy, kitty and rhino. Now, everytime we play Kenny, she sings along. When we get to this song, she nails the "living" part every time. It's the cutest thing you've ever seen (and heard).

One of these days, I'll post some of that as well. But for now, it's Mr. Chesney making the rounds for us.


Stewart Cink to hit the Late Show with Letterman

Mr. Tweet (and British Open Champ) Stewart Cink will bring his Twitter-self to David Letterman Tuesday night.


NEW YORK, July 20
– Stewart Cink, who, on Sunday, won his first major golf title when he became the 2009 British Open champion, makes his first television appearance since his victory when he presents the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, July 21 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. After five-time British Open winner Tom Watson bogeyed on the last hole in regular tournament play to tie Cink at -2 under par, it sent them into a four-hole playoff, where Cink prevailed, beating Watson by six strokes to take home the claret jug.

Also visiting the LATE SHOW on Tuesday, July 21 will be actor Kevin Spacey, reality television star Jesse James and musical guests The Flatlanders. The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope, Jude Brennan and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.